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Obama’s Support Steeped in Messianic Terminology

Evan Moore, Correspondent

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/11569640/

(CNSNews.com) — A cursory look at coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign run shows that many reporters and observers describe his persona and rallies as near-Messianic or Christ-like. This phenomenon has prompted some analysts to describe the campaign as cult-ish and fueled by emotion.

On Feb. 23, The Dallas Morning News reported that Obama's campaign events often take on “a religious fervor.” On Feb. 24, The New York Times reported that a band played “Obama-lujah” at a “rapturousö rally. And on Feb. 26, The Dallas Morning News again ran a story, quoting Rev. Jesse Jackson on Obama: “He's running a theological campaign. At some point, he took off his arms and grew wings.”

The Obama campaign “is not a political movement — it's a rock tour,” said conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Feb. 20.

“It's a rock concert tour. And if you don't show up at the concert when it happens in your town, you're not hip. It's a cult. It's a religious movement ... These people, I'm telling you, that are gravitating to Obama ... are people desperately seeking meaning in their lives because they don't have any,” he said.

“We all want to matter,” said Limbaugh. “We all want to have meaning in our lives. We all want to be relevant to something, and a lot of these people don't feel that about themselves. They feel empty, and they're trying to fill the emptiness, fill the void. And Obama does.”

However, Michael Pfau, chairman of the University of Oklahoma Department of Communication, told Cybercast News Service that he thought it was “inappropriate to use, or think in terms of, messianic terminology to describe [Obama].”

Obama “is an outstanding orator, along with John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, one of the best in the post-World War II era,” Pfau said, adding that “great oratory is relevant. It inspires.”

Jonathan Stein, who blogs for the leftist publication Mother Jones, echoed Limbaugh, saying: “Obama's rhetoric makes an undeniable suggestion: that his election, not an eight-year administration that successfully implements his vision for America, would represent a moment in America of the grandest, most transformative kind. And that's a bit much.”

Online collations

The left-leaning political Web site, Slate.com, launched a periodic “Obama Messiah Watch” column under the aegis of senior writer Timothy Noah last year.

However, one blog — which asks, “Is Barack Obama the Messiah?” — has compiled a comprehensive listing of the use of such terms in the media over the past two years.

For instance, Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam — who has called Judaism a “gutter religion” and said Jews are “bloodsuckers“ and “wicked deceivers,” according to The New York Times — recently said that Obama was “the hope of the entire world” and was transforming his audiences by the effect of his speeches.

Also featured on the blog were remarks by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that Obama's candidacy “is not a campaign for president of the United States” but instead “a movement to change the world.”

Geoff Elliot, Washington correspondent for The Australian, also remarked: “The atmosphere at his events is such that one wonders if Obama is about to walk out with a basket with some loaves and fishes to feed the thousands.”

One eyewitness account came from a native of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, who attended the Feb. 10, 2008 Obama rally at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

In her blog on HamptonRoads.com, the eyewitness said, “Those faces. It was raw, naked, complete worship; love; heart-whole, passionate, stunned and almost unbelieving but desperately wanting to believe him — adoration.”

Cult Criticism

In an interview with Cybercast News Service, Christopher Blosser, who runs the Obama Messiah blog from his home in New York, admitted that his site was a parody, designed to “provoke some of Obama’s more ardent disciples among the masses — and the media — to re-evaluate their actions and speech.”

“The kind of language being used to describe this man is simply ridiculous,” said Blosser.

“The idea for the blog was born after encountering this kind of rhetoric in several online interactions with Obama supporters and subsequently after hearing family and friends — even some more ideologically liberal than myself — express their uneasiness and/or outright disgust with what they were witnessing,” Blosser said.

Obama's fervent following is what Blosser calls “a very curious — and yet, troubling — phenomenon. On one hand, every political race has some degree of enthusiasm (to be expected) — but what I've read and chronicled regarding the Obama campaign is something else entirely.

“The left has typically decried the mixing of faith and politics among the right,” he said, “and yet they have wholeheartedly embraced Obama with religious fervor, forming what seems to be, in some cases, a ‘cult of personality’ — embracing him as a secular messiah of sorts.”



Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, refers to Barrack Hussein Obama as “the messiah” before a crowd of Black Muslims. When Radical Islam speaks, perhaps America should listen. Louis Farrahkan says, “You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn't care anything about. That's a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”

On October 23, 2008, I received this interesting email. Though not exactly accurate in its citation of the Book of the Revelation, it certainly provides some interesting food for thought:

This will make you re-think.

A Trivia question from Sunday School: How long is the Beast allowed to have authority in Revelations? [sic.]

Revelations [sic.] Chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, and you know what that is. Almost a four-year term of a Presidency.

All I can say is “Lord, Have mercy on us!”

According to The Book of Revelations [sic.] the anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal ... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything.

Do we recognize this description??

I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to post this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet, do it! I refuse to take a chance on this unknown candidate who came out of nowhere.

As I was listening to a news program last night, I watched in horror as Barack Obama made the statement with pride: “We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, ...” As with so many other statements I've heard him (and his wife) make, I never thought I'd see the day that I’d hear something like that from a presidential candidate in this nation. To think our forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation — and to have this man say with pride that we are no longer that. How far this nation has come from what our founding fathers intended it to be.

I hope that each of you will do what I’m doing now — send your concerns, written simply and sincerely, to the Christians on your email list. With GodÆs help — and He is still in control of this nation and all else — we can show this man and the world in November that we are, indeed still a Christian nation!

Please pray for our nation!

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